I went birding this morning with Kevin Rysiewski… We arrived at 0700 and parked near the beach… we were going to look for shorebirds first…. I looked up and noticed that a falcon like bird was flying our way and called over to Kevin…. It was a Merlin… There is one that winters at the park every year and it always perched in a tree in the parking lot…. that tree is now gone and I was wondering what this Merlin thought of all the construction that is taking place…. We headed to the beach and other than the goose hunters, there was not much to see… 2 Sanderlings, a couple of Least Sandpipers…. that was about it… We then parked at Pointe Rosa Marsh and birded the trails… Warblers were moving in waves and when we came upon one we would just stand still and let the warblers pass…. We had 12 species, many of them Wilson’s Warblers today and we also had a Philadelphia Vireo in the meadow loop… Alan Chartier was banding birds today and he banded a Connecticut Warbler that we got to look at… very cool… The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still hanging out in the Maple Woods and vocal…. Sora, Virginia Rail and Least Bittern were also seen by other birders today… Hummingbirds were everywhere…. the park is covered in Jewelweed… Overall we had 59 species today
Here is a short video of the Connecticut Warbler before it is released.